from the front-line
Life-changing perspective from the front line
Major Matina Jewell (Retired) CSP is an inspirational trailblazer, helping leaders build resilient teams to thrive through change.
Recognised in the 2018 ‘Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence’ Awards, Matina is also a Telstra Business Awards Finalist, and named by CPA Australia as a ‘Top-10 smart thinker’.
Among many honorary roles, Matina is a founding ambassador for Project Thankful, a movement partnered with the United Nations to help empower women and children globally.
Matina will be a 2018 Archibald prize entrant.
Her incredible life story has been optioned for a global feature film.
'In-Their-Words" contribution for Australian War Memorial by Matina Jewell
A Military Trailblazer
Major Matina Jewell (Retired) CSP grew up in the hinterland of Byron Bay and joined the Army at age 17. During her 15 year military career, Matina:
- Served on five missions and earned eight war medals
- Became only Australian to receive two Republic of Lebanon war medals for bravery on the battlefield and wounded in combat
- At 23yo, was appointed Officer in Command of the Army Department and Diving Officer for HMAS Kanimbla, then Australia’s largest Navy ship
- Was the first woman in the Australian Army to complete the physically demanding ‘Navy Diver’ course
- Worked with the elite SAS and American Navy Seals
- Tracked-down militia leaders in the Solomon Islands
- Fast-roped from helicopters
- Boarded smuggler ships in the Arabian Gulf
- Trained in three languages (Bahasa Indonesian, Arabic and English)
- Gained her Masters in Project Management
- Was selected as a Peacekeeper with the United Nations in Syria and Lebanon
A Change Champion
Since being medically retired, Matina has campaigned for change for veterans and others in need through numerous honorary and advisory roles, including:
- Prime Ministerial Advisory Council
- National Mental Health Forum
- ANZAC Centenary Commission, alongside former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and the late Malcolm Fraser
- National Suicide Prevention Commission Advisor
- Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project – Ambassador
Other proud achievements include:
- 2018 – AFR 100 Women of Influence Awards Finalist
- 2017 – Certified Speaking Professional (international designation)
- 2016 – Telstra Business Awards Finalist
- 2015 – CPA Australia ‘Top-10 smart thinker’
- ABC’s ‘Australian Story’ and ‘I Survived…’ documentaries
- Best-selling author of Caught in the Crossfire
- Proud mum, with two busy young girls
ABC Australian Story Documentary – The Blue Beret (Parts I & II)
Foxtel ‘I Survived’ Documentary